The inaugural She Leads High Conference was held on 28 November 2017, bringing together more than 90 young women from 12 ACT and Canberra-region schools.
She Leads High Conference is a one-day leadership event specifically targeted at young women, including female identifying and non-binary people, in years 9 and 10.
This event aims to provide attendees with an understanding of the fundamentals of leadership, and explores topics such as social and emotional development, peer relationships and pressures, self-esteem, and body image. Upon completion, attendees are empowered to start defining and developing their leadership pathway.
The event format includes interactive workshops, keynote speeches, and speed networking with young women who are leading in their communities.
Two workshops were run on the day, including Language for Empowerment, facilitated by Stella Schools, and Positive Identities, hosted by YWCA Canberra’s Youth Engagement Team.
Speakers included MC Laura Campbell, keynotes Francesca Maclean, Nipuni Wijewickrema, and Izzy Mudford. Speed networkers included Julia Faragher, Moira Cully, Sam Launt, Holly Vanderpol, Sophie Hope, Esther Suh, and Ciara Duggan. All speakers arranged their talking points around how to ‘Be Fearless’, the Conference theme, and each attendee came away with specific steps to take when they face faliure fail, and discovered new ways to succeed.